Shock

Karter Contest more like MKSC Contest

Shock @ Sunday, August 3rd   [link]

Hello everyone, long time no see. smile First of all, major thanks to Chris for taking care of things here while Lafungo and I were 'busy' doing Karter Contest hosting things. (Speaking of which... our very own Christian Wild won the whole Karter Contest, with the other finalist being Andy Lundeen! Clearly proof that MKSC is the master race. cool eh? )

Hopefully now Lafungo and I will be back in the swing of things.

In other announcements, Jonathan Toole-Charignon has recently taken action on his console with a Triwing and succeeded, so he is another ZZMTing member of the PP! Why am I mentioning this here? Well, with two site co-admins now highly-ranked and ZZMT-capable, I'm hoping we can start looking into re-assessing the standards on the site. We also have a number of other tasks on our list that we haven't gotten around to yet... so stay tuned, and maybe we won't be overwhelmingly lazy. satisfied

Movement
Once again, Andy Lundeen was active this month. He made a small AF cut to bring him under 1.2 AF again, and he set a couple of world records. Same old, same old...

In SC, #2 Robert Szabo flew by partially-participating #3 Andy. The power of the bathtub PRs was strong with Robert this month - I just wonder if he went the pro-bubble or non-bubble strat...

The next active player in non-SC was #9 Jonathan Toole-Charignon, whose PRs aren't quite up to date currently on the site yet, but who still sent in his first ZZMT PRs for a nice cut. Recently he's already gotten splits on BC1 course that, put together, would give him a #2 ranking. He's a professional turtle with a trusty ironing board, so expect him to make steady movements to the top 5. In an ideal world, I'd like to see him move quickly and get Christian Wild active again, who has a lot more potential than is currently showing on the rankings...

Following closely behind in activity on the non-SC chart is #10 Robert Szabo and #11 Frederick Hutchington. Both made pretty small cuts in AF, and remain very close together with less than .2 AF separating them.

Further down, #14 Daniel Pabst made a small cut, with another August AF cut already in pending. He's been active in the MKSC Skype chat, so we'll be keeping a close watch on him. razz

More than double Daniel's AF down though we come to a shocking movement. #31 Manuel Babjar made a cut this month of double digits - 10.6! That's over 800 players passed overall - a huge leap for someone in the 30s ranks. Top 30 is perhaps where one can rightfully claim the title of MKSC professional, and players of these ranks are usually entrusted with their own ironing board. Was Manuel holding out on submitting PRs for a long time, or will he give us an August PR list to continue his movements? I hope for the latter.

Last but not least, we have our most consistently active MKSCer of the year, #62 Stefan Glosby. Stefan made a nice 4 AF cut this month from a variety of improvements that he shared with us in the PRs thread in the forums. At the rate he's going, he might yet get top 50 before the end of the year. Keep it up, Stefan!

WRs
Only 1 player responsible for non-SC WRs this month.... Shocking.

RGV1: 46"88
RBC1: 1'10"86
BC1: 41"25 / 12"06


In SC, Robert Szabo made a record...

PC flap: 11"39

BC1 course is already obsolete, but the new record wasn't set until August so that will have to wait until then. Also, if you are interested in seeing all the WRs, their history, statistics, etc. we have a great site you can visit. mkwrs.com/mksc is the place to go for anything regarding MKSC's top records; check it out if you haven't already.

And... that's the news! If you want to be more involved with the daily happenings of the MKSC group, we have a couple options. You can join the forums, found in a link to the left, or to join the inner circles you can request to join our Skype chat by sending me or Lafungo a message on the forums. If you aren't a part of the group yet, we'd love to have you.

Hope you all had a great summer! My classes start in less than a month...

~S
Chris

World Cup, Karter Contest, so many interesting things...

Chris @ Wednesday, July 2nd   [link]

Hi! As last time, Lafungo and Andy are busy with... stuff. Time for me to give you some brand new news for the Month June! Let's see....


New Players

One new player this month! Martin Prigent got forced from the Elite MKSC Group to join the site to finally be a real member of it! His debuting rank is 139th, the second lowest rank. Maybe Nosey will borrow him his MKSC and let him improve a bit? However, welcome to the site! cool eh?

Movement

The highest active player was once again Andy Lundeen. He improved his LC flap WR once again, but didn't gain any ranks with it, as it was his WR already. Same as the other two WRs, they were already in his hands. More info in the WR section.

#3 Robert Szabo got 3 new PRs in SC, one of them was even a new WR! More information in the WR section. Robert cut 0.075 AF points and came one step closer to Andy and the #2 position.

#14 Daniel Pabst sent us 7 new records. Well, he said 6 of them are old, only his rCI2 flap is new. With those PRs he cut 0.225 AF points and closed the gap to Yunus.

#25 Lachlan Young sent us a few old times he got and made a pretty nice 0.5 AF cut. His ARR dropped by a nice amount and he is very close to the next rank promotion.

A surprise return from #31 Nicola Torre who sent us a few records this month. He made a solid cut of 0.6 AF points and closed the gap to Cole for the TOP30 spot. He could get a lot more if he wanted, but it seems MKSC doesn't interest him too much, otherwise, the TOP15 could be easily achievable for him!

#55 Alex Hantson improved 14 PRs during the month. Alex told us that he will probably play some more during the summer, so expect some action from him! So far he made a 3.3 AF point cut and passed 2 players.

#64 Stefan Glosby was active as always. He's continuously getting new PRs and getting better almost every day! He improved 2.5 AF points and passed one player. The next player in front of him is Kris Will, but he got a nice lead of 2.8 points. Will Stefan be able to get him within the next month? We will see!

#80 Brian Smith got a few new PRs and got a 7.35 AF points cut. He passed 4 players and reached the TOP80 with style!

#81 David Moll sent us 3 times for his timeset, but sadly didn't cut any AF. David seems to be interested to try this game again, but will he keep it up and get some more PRs in the future?

#95 Ben Stoneman played some MKSC in this month and got a 0.1 AF point cut. It's not a big cut, but hey! Even small steps can lead to the goal. Keep it up!

#106 Ben van Keulen got a nice amount of PRs this month. With them he got a really good 13.6 AF cut to pass 15 players!

A few spots behind we have #110 Sam Smith who got an even bigger cut of 15.5 points! He passed 14 players, but is relatively close to Ben. Could this be a new rivalry?

#125 Scott Page improved a few PRs this month and passed 4 players to reach the TOP125! He made a decent 2.6 AF cut, but he can get a lot more if he wanted!


Nice World Records

Andy improved 3 WRs he already owned (again!).

He improved the LC flap again and it's now down to 18"30!
The next two WRs were done on flaps aswell. He improved the RBC3 flap down to 12"60, and the RRR flap fell a few hundreths and now stands at 11"84!


We also got a new SC WR from Robert, who just tied the old VL2 WR and now stands at #1 with a 2"40!
Chris

A news update, just in time!

Chris @ Sunday, June 1st   [link]

Hey guys it's Chris here! After a long time, I am back to write some news! Andy and Lafungo are busy with the Karter Contest graphs, so I am here to help out a bit smile. Let's begin!


New Heroes of Tomorrow

a.k.a. new players. We got 2 new players this month. Scott Page joined us at #129.
The second joiner is Bobby Yu, who debuted at #118.

Chraizy movement

MKSC Time Trial Champion Andy Lundeen set 3 new WRs (check the WR section below) and maintained his AF.

#3 Christian Wild sent us 6 new times, all of them are new GODs. His GOD counter is now at 57, 10 behind Seb and 20 behind Andy. His goal to pass Seb seems more and more reachable, as only 1.025 (or 82 ranks) are needed.

#3 Robert Szabo improved both BL times in his timeset and got a new WR on the flap! Both of them cut him 0.025 AF points, putting him closer to Andy, who is only 0.3 AF points away in the charts.

#9 Jonathan Toole-Charignon had a killer month, starting it at #13, passing 4 players, including his long time rival Frederick to land safe in the TOP10! This is his very first TOP10 rank in a MK, way to go! Apart from that, Jon also reached the Titan A standard. How long will it take him to reach Myth and become the 9th player to do so?

#11 Frederick Hutchington lost a spot due to Jons rampage, as he was tied before with Alan, then got passed by Jon and his AF increased aswell. He got a few new records though and pushed Alan another spot down to #12. Frederick got some nice KB1 times, and his RVL2 flap is getting better every time. Keep it up!

#26 Lachlan Young sent us a single PR on BP which got him a little 0.025 cut. He is only half a point away from the TOP25, which is a nice goal to aim for.

The next player had a nice comeback this month. I am talking about #40 Tom van Kessel, who got 6 new PRs this month, which brought him a really 0.6875 AF points cut. He passed Kevin Black for the TOP40 spot. Tom is not far away from his old rival Timur in the AF charts, in the ARR charts though he got the lead now. It's close, so a few more PRs from Tom could take the lead in both charts!

#49 Sebastien Legay sent us 18 new times this month, mainly for the Retro tracks. He pulled off a nice 2.975 AF cut and passed 2 players to be the newest TOP50 player! In ARR he reached the Expert D ranks! The next 5 players are pretty close together, if Seb can reproduce what he did this month he could easily pass them. Go for it!

#65 (SC #76) Stefan Glosby sent us 6 new records for non-sc and 1 new time for his SC timeset. Stefan got a pretty nice 3.5 AF cut and passed 2 players. Stefan reached the Advanced C status, but he probably gets a rival soon...

#69 Stephen De Winter is on his way to catch up with Stefan. He may have only sent one new time for YD, but I expect more to come. Will this be a new interesting rivalry?

#80 David Moll decided to kill some of his free time with playing a game that mainly consists of SCs (weird, eh? big grin). No jokes aside, David got some nice PRs this month. 5 to be exact, on SW, RDP2 and RVL2. David seems to have a lot more potential on the Retro tracks, as he got the skill from SMK. If he could bring down his Nitro Cup times to the standard of the Retro tracks, he would probably be ranked around 50th. For now, David passed 1 person with a 1.0625 cut and is now the newest TOP80 member!

#124 Sam Smith sent us a load of new times this month and this resulted in a 2.3 AF cut which made him pass 3 players. Sam got also a nice ARR cut of 0.4, which brings him closer to the Intermediate ranks. Only a bit more!


Nice World Records

Andy improved 3 WRs he already owned.

The first came on RBC1, where he improved his old time from 2012 by 0"11 seconds over 2 improvements to a 1'11"13!
The second WR came ~2 weeks later on LC. This WR was from 2012 aswell, Andy came and beat it 8 times! Almost 2 seconds were cut and is now standing at 1'01"05!
At the end of the month he also went for the flap, with success: the LC lap is now 18"44, an improvement of the previous' year WR by 0"06 seconds!

And we also got a new WR from Robert!

Robert played some SC this month, with a nice result on BL. His flap was even a new WR: 16"80!
Lafungo

Why is my summer break 4 months long?

Lafungo @ Wednesday, May 7th   [link]

Sorry for the late news once again guys, although this time I have a legitimate excuse since I had finals (and so did Andy and Chris).


Movement

#1 Andy Lundeen was active as always, with 8 new PRs in April. However, not all of them were new WRs. What a plonker.

#3 Christian Wild claims to have had no time for Mario Kart this month, but still managed to set 6 new PRs, including a new WR. He also got promoted to Myth B. If this is what he does when he has "no time", one can hardly imagine what it's going to be like when he does have time to play...

#3 Robert Szabo sent in a single time on BP SC flap, which is a new WR.

#10 Frederick Hutchington made the final push to the Top 10 to enter it before Jonathan could. To do so, he set 7 new PRs, including a #2 time on rVL2 flap. These improvements also promoted him to Titan A. He's just barely inside the Top 10 though, with the smallest of AF margins separating him from #11 Alan McArthur, so he's still at risk of being kicked back out.

#12 Jonathan Toole-Charignon had an even better month than in March, with 16 new PRs for an AF cut of more than 2. He passed both #14 Daniel Pabst and #13 Yunus Aricanli, and is within .7 AF of the Top 10.

#26 Lachlan Young set a single PR in April, which was a new BP flap, although the similarities with Robert end there, since Lachlan's time was neither SC nor a WR.

#51 Sebastien Legay is dangerously close to the Top 50 thanks to his 31 new PRs, which allowed him to cut almost 10 full AF points. He also became our newest Expert player.

#64 Benjamin Block was another player who sent in a single April PR, but in his case it was a BC3 SC 3lap.

#67 Stefan Glosby improved all his times on tracks from Sunset Wilds to Broken Pier, which launched him past the group of players at the outskirts of the Top 70. Stefan is now faced with somewhat of an AF graveyard though, as he has to cut 10 AF to pass the next 4 people above him.

#74 Stephen De Winter worked on a couple lapskip tracks in April, with new times on both CL and rKB1.

#81 David Moll sent in a big haul of his own, with 21 new PRs, and became our latest Advanced player. David has shown his abilities over on SMK, so he should be more than capable of reaching much higher ranks here on MKSC.

#102 Jose Karica was our surprise of the month, with a single PR on SL 3lap, which is his first new PR since January 2010! Hopefully we'll see more from him in the near future and he'll break into the Top 100 and beyond.

#111 April Thompson was active again this month, with 8 new PRs. She's been showing interest in learning new strats and climbing up the ranks, so we should be seeing more from her soon.


World Records

Non-SC

All new WRs this month were by Andy, except for Chris' Non-ZZMT rVL2 5lap, which was originally an overall WR as well. I recommend watching the rVL2 vids, as Chris introduced the use of island jumps (or IJs for short) which were only used in SMK up until now.

Andy:
CCI: 11"25
SW: 17"58
RiR: 1'10"06/21"63
BP: 46"40
rVL2: 37"85


Chris:
rVL2: 38"20

SC

BP: 1"43 by Robert


I'll get you soon enough, Nosey...
~Lafungo.
Lafungo

Third most active month for WRs since MKSC's release...

Lafungo @ Monday, April 14th   [link]

Hey guys, sorry about the really late news. Even though we're already halfway into April, this news will only cover March activity. I'll do a times update for the last 2 weeks as soon as this is up.

Movement

#1 Andy Lundeen got an insane 19 new PRs last month! As per usual, most of them were WRs, so check the appropriate news section, as well as MKWRs.com, for more info.

#3 Christian Wild was also very active, with 14 new PRs! He got a whopping .875 AF cut and was promoted to Myth B. He is now within 2 AF of Sebastian Stellmacher, but he still has to set quite a few more PRs to fully close that gap.

#11 Frederick Hutchington worked on closing the gap to the Top 10 last month, with 7 new PRs for a .4625 AF cut to pass #12 Yunus Aricanli. Amongst his new times, he hit very strong YD and rMC2 flaps, which are ranked #5 and #3 respectively.

#13 Daniel Pabst had a good haul of his own, with 10 new PRs. Although many of them were Top 10s, they weren't as sizable improvements as those from the people around him and he "only" got a .375 AF cut. He was also promoted to Titan B.

#14 Jonathan Toole-Charignon also worked on several different tracks, with 11 new PRs for a 1.2 AF cut. He passed #14 Guilherme Arantes and is now within .15 AF of Daniel. Jonathan also got promoted to Titan B.

#27 Lachlan Young closed the gap to #26 Sebastien Holmiere to a mere .1 AF with his 10 new PRs and .85 AF cut. We should see him gain a few ranks soon, as there are several other players within striking distance.

#45 Thomas Jordet Larsen sent in a few unexpected PRs for almost a full AF point cut, which allowed him to pass both #47 Enzio Fruijtier and #46 David Schiering, both of which held a WR or two back in the early days of the revived Player's Page. We hope to see some more activity from Thomas!

#75 Stefan Glosby had another very productive month, with a whopping 28 new PRs for an 8 AF cut! This allowed him to pass 4 players and reach the Top 75. He is very close to a large group of players that are bunched together, so we should see him within the Top 70 soon.

#111 April Thompson sent in a single, symbolic PR last month. Although hopefully this means she will return to MKSC for a proper comeback sometime soon, April has spoken on the forum about an unfortunate IRL situation. The MKSC community wishes her and her family all the best.

Olivier Luyckx is still filling out his timesheet, with 5 new PRs last month. Although his times were updated as SC due to a lack of labeling in his YahooGroups message, it looks like they may have been Non-SC, so he may want to correct that soon. We continue to look forward to seeing him finish his timesheet and appear on the AF chart.


World Records

Non-SC

Lots of new WRs in March, but as with the previous two months, the only WR setters were Andy and Chris.

Andy:
PC: 43"98 (SR)/12"82
RP: 54"81/16"26
MC: 52"15
BL: 1'10"56/20"91
rMC1: 6"73*
rGV2: 47"83/7"62
rBC2: 1'22"55/14"61
rCI2: 47"36/6"39
rMC4: 1'15"93/12"66
rDP3: 56"98/8"91


Chris:
rVL1: 37"40/4"85*


PAX East was awesome as always.
~Lafungo.
Lafungo

I still don't know the title of the news I wrote that day

Lafungo @ Wednesday, March 5th   [link]

Once again, MKSC has had a very decent amount of activity. It's great to see this game been revitalized and having more consistently active players. Thanks to all of those who help keep this site alive by submitting their new times month after month.


New Players

#62 Sebastien Legay of France joined us with some promising times already, such as his BP 3lap ranked #32. His timesheet is still uneven, but if his MKDD times tell us anything, it's that he can aim for much higher than his current AF rank.


Movement

#1 Andy Lundeen entrenched himself further in his bunker at the top of MKSC land, watching and waiting for the inevitable approach of new contenders. However, he is restless alone at the top, so to kill some time he decided to crush some more WRs, notably improving his own rVL2 flap WR once again amidst a slew of other times (10 in total).

#3 Christian Wild is shaping up to be Andy's first contender, as he picked up the pace this month to score a .6 AF cut and pass 2 people. Although he is not yet at Andy's doorstep, Chris has begun probing the champ's defenses by going after a few WRs of his own, as well as improving some of his weaker times.

#5 Stacy Needham sent in a single PR this month: a well overdue rKB1 5lap PR, which he managed to bring into the Top 10. Hopefully Stacy will not be too distracted by the allure of foreign MKs and will return to defend MKSC against the arachnid invaders.

#10 Alan McArthur maintains his guard of the gates of the Top 10 by scoring 4 new PRs. He may get promoted at the expense of Robert Szabo though, as Alan is now only .4 AF behind him.

#13 Daniel Pabst sent in 4 new times as well for a very efficient .5 AF cut. He's still well over 2 AF behind #12 Frederick, but having already succumbed to the temptation of ZZMT chesting, he should be able to close that gap sooner rather than later.

#15 Jonathan Toole-Charignon's activity this month was in stark contrast with last month's, as he only got 3 new PRs for an AF cut of less than .2. However, even with a similarly small cut next month, he should be able to pass #14 Guilherme with ease.

#17 Kevin Borne continues to tear up the chart with another solid month of activity. He set 21 new PRs, got a .7 AF cut and passed rKB1 specialist Matt Ellis. Amongst his numerous PRs, the best of the lot was perhaps his LP 3lap, which is in the Top 10!

#28 Lachlan Young is another one of our regulars who maintained activity this month, with 5 new PRs and a .9 AF cut to pass 2 players and bring his AF below 30. His most impressive PR was by far his rVL1 flap, which is also in the Top 10!

#82 Stefan Glosby was active once again as the only representative of the barren lands beyond the Top 50. With his 12 PRs and 8 AF cut, he continues is inexorable march towards the fertile lands of the Top 50 by climbing over the long-inactive bodies of 11 other players. I hope to see him reach the Top 50 and beyond, and not give up hope on MKSC like so many others have before him.

Olivier Luyckx filled out his timesheet some more with 10 new times (from rGV2 to rKB1). The highlights were definitely his rKB1 PRs, which are ranked #13/#7. With only 9 tracks left to submit times for, we should be seeing Olivier join the AF ranking fairly soon.


World Records

Non-SC

We had quite a few new WRs this month. Now that the WR site is up (mkwrs.com/mksc), you can check there for detailed information on WRs, including intermediate improvements, exact dates and video links. Nevertheless, the news will continue to provide a summary of the month's WR activity.

Andy:
BC1: 41"26/12"08
CL: 13"79
SL: 58"73
rDP2: 1'07"00/10"82
rKB1: 2"95*
rVL2: 4"32

Chris:
SGB: 11"84



The allure of ZZMT grows stronger by the day...
~Lafungo.
Shock

nog sber!!1!

Shock @ Wednesday, February 12th   [link]

Hi everyone! Once again, the news is late. We're really good at making that happen. Hopefully this will be a block of text worth reading though; January was a very active month for players, both on and off the track!

Non-SC AF Activity
#1 Andy Lundeen went over the top this month getting WRs, scoring at least 30 improvements to the times on several tracks. MKSC in the end averaged more than 1 WR a day this month, making the WR activity easily comparable to MK7. Andy's AF has dropped a bit under 1.3 AF for now, but as we'll discuss shortly, it's difficult to tell just how stable this score may be in the long run. Needless to say, Andy has won the POM of January.

#4 Stacy Needham once again made a small cut to his AF this month. If a month passes without Stacy getting a new PR on the site, it is because something tragic has happened to all the times updaters. Or the updaters are setting a nice wr in laziness.

#5 Christian Wild though is probably going to fly by Stacy in February, as he made several cuts with non-ZZMT alone, and is now going Chraizy with his new, black SP which apparently came already ZZMT capable. He has claimed that he has his eyes set on #2 on the site before the end of this summer. We might just have a very active top 10 here in only a little time... because...

#12 Frederick Hutchington cut a full .5 AF, and he's still non-ZZMT! An entrance to the top 10 for him would also mean another ZZMT player, and players who can make it to the top 10 without ZZMT tend to have some very serious potential when they switch! It's probably just a matter of time now, and if he gets enough time to reach top 10 before a certain someone else.

A 3 AF gap behind, #13 Daniel Pabst showed his skills this January, particularly on RBC2. He cut .7 AF this month, a noble improvement for a rank such as his on the AF chart.

The "certain someone else" I mentioned earlier, #15 Jonathan Toole-Charignon is our runner-up this month for POM. (He'll probably get at least 1 POW out of this January). He claimed the non-ZZMT WR this month on RKB2, bringing the time down to nearly 43"50. On top of that, he cut an impressive 2.7 AF. The heat is on, as he has goals to pass Frederick right around the top 10 mark, in which case he also plans to switch to ZZMT. With Chris, Jonathan, Frederick, Stacy, and Andy all planning on being active and fully ZZMT this year, who knows what the top 10 will look like by the end of the year? It's exciting to see so much potential being acted upon by so many players for a game that is nearly 13 years old.

A bit further down the chart, #17 Kevin Borne made a small cut, giving him a small edge over the now #18 RKB1 master, Matt Ellis. #28 Lachlan Young was also active this month, pushing his times a little further through the AF graveyard he currently sits right in the middle of. It's not totally guaranteed he's in for a smooth climb though, because #31 Nicola Torre made some top-notch PRs, cutting 1.8 AF and proving that he has the talent to really climb the ranks if he wants to.

Lastly, #93 Stefan Glosby continued his slow and steady climb up the charts with a 7 point AF cut. He's probably the forum's most active poster in the PRs thread.

SC Stuff
We had a few things to note about SC activity this month. Joining the page, we welcome Japan's Youhei, whose course totals come in at a rank of 5th.

#39 Mark Turner submitted an SC timesheet, cutting his AF on that chart cleanly in half. #40 Riku Vanhanen submitted some times as well, cutting a nice 5 AF points. Everyone else gained or lost AF based on the non-SC submissions, which also automatically count towards the SC charts.

World Records
As noted earlier, MKSC competed closely with MK7 for the most WRs improved in a month, just coming short by a couple from being able to claim the highest WR activity all around. Only non-SC WRs were set this month. The WRs that were improved either once or multiple times are as follows...

WRs by Andy:
RP: 55"53 / 16"42
RiR: 1'10"48 / 21"68
BC4: 1'33"65 / 29"40
RDP1: 56"68 / 9"26
RBC3: 1'13"00 / 12"62
RGV3: 54"65 / 7"78
RDP2 flap: 10"91 (not currently WR)
RKB2 flap: 5"11


And, Christian got a WR as well, which he improved a few times: SL flap: 17"09

I think that just about covers all the January madness. It's nice being able to write for so long about all this activity. By the way things have started off, it also looks like February has a shot at being nearly as crazy as this month. Already there are between 15 and 20 submissions waiting to be updated, which I will get to work on now! Lafungo should be filling you all in next month...

Happy karting,
~Shock